Damage to potable water reservoirs in the Darfield earthquake

  • Robert A. Davey Opus International Consultants, Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract

The Mw 7.1 earthquake that struck 40 km west of Christchurch on 4 September 2010 provided a good test of the robustness of the water storage and distribution system of one of our major cities to provide a secure supply of water.

In this paper we present damage data from inspections of 54 reservoirs that were undertaken on behalf of Christchurch City Council and other owners. These included concrete, steel and timber tanks, five of which collapsed and four severely damaged.

References

NZS 3106:1986, “Concrete structures for the storage of liquids”, Standards New Zealand.

NZS 3106:2009, “Design of concrete structures for the storage of liquids”, Standards New Zealand.

NZSEE, (2009), “Seismic design of storage tanks”, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering.

Published
2010-12-31
How to Cite
Davey, R. A. (2010). Damage to potable water reservoirs in the Darfield earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 43(4), 429-431. https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.43.4.429-431
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